DATE: Thursday, July 30, 2015
SUBJECT: Shaved Ice Stand Robber Arrested
RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-NR-050
CONTACT: Lt. Doug Daza
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on July 19, 2015 at the St. Joe Shaved Ice stand. Gregory S. Kempf was arrested by detectives with the Sheriff’s Office on charges of Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Intimidation with a Weapon and Theft.
On July 19, a white male entered the St. Joe Shaved Ice stand, displayed a knife and demanded money and employees’ cell phones. The male then fled, taking cash and a cell phone belonging to one of the employees. He was observed getting into a black BMW and fled the scene. Responding deputies were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.
During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s detectives received information from an Evansville Police Department detective that Kempf may have committed the robbery. This information was developed during the course of a separate investigation. The Black BMW was located and a search warrant was obtained. Evidence linking Kempf to the robbery, including the cell phone, was recovered. The employees were able to identify Kempf as the alleged robber when presented with a photo-lineup.
Sheriff’s detectives located Kempf and he was brought to the Command Post. During the course of the interview, Kempf admitted to committing the robbery. He was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Detention Center where he is being held without bond pending a court appearance.
Gregory Stewart Kempf (pictured above), 38, of Evansville. Robbery with a Deadly Weapon as a Level 3 Felony, Intimidation with a Weapon as a Level 5 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony